ORIGINAL ART – ‘Smarty’, Swift Parrot

$870.00

‘Smarty’ was created with watercolours and detailed with a traditional nib and ink on 425gsm 100% cotton watercolour paper. This original artwork is hand-embossed with the ‘Shannon Dwyer Original’ authenticity seal and hand-penned signature validating it as an original artwork of Shannon Dwyer.

The impact of humans on this earth has become so increasingly evident that Shannon’s passion for painting Australian wildlife is fast becoming more of a platform to highlight what phenomenal animals, like the beautiful and unique Swift Parrot, we have in our country and the need to rapidly change our behaviours to ensure a more balanced future for ALL!

$200 from the sale of this artwork will be donated to the Bob Brown Foundation to further assist their amazing conservation efforts in Tasmania.

The Swift Parrot is the world’s fastest parrot and is unusual in that it has some similar characteristics to both Lorikeets and Parrots. They use their specialised tongue to consume nectar and pollen but have also been recorded feeding on lerps and psillids (sap-sucking bugs). Endemic to South-Eastern Australia, they spend most of the year in Tasmania. They migrate to the Australian south-east mainland in winter to forage. While on the mainland, they are nomadic with time spent at each site determined by the supply of nectar. Following winter, they fly back to Tasmania, nesting in old trees with hollows and feeding in forests dominated by Tasmanian Blue Gum. Swift Parrots breed only in Tasmania with many pairs breeding close together. The most significant threat to this species is the loss of breeding habitat, primarily the harvesting of Tasmanian Blue Gum, with an estimated one third of the original forest remaining. Another major threat is predation by the introduced sugar glider (not native to Tasmania). Changes in spatial and temporal distribution of habitat due to climate change and Australia’s severe drought conditions have reduced food availability. Along with the poor/fragmented food resources, they have competition from introduced bees, aggressive honeyeaters and over abundant Noisy Miners – not to mention the ever-present predation by cats. The Swift Parrot’s Conservation status is Critically Endangered

 

*Artwork price includes postage, signed artwork and Certificate of Authenticity*

 

Framing tips and suggestions:
This piece is best ‘float-mounted’ and framed behind glass.
‘Float-mounting’ allows the paper to have a bit of ‘freedom’ which watercolour paper often needs as its rarely perfectly ‘flat’. By ‘mounting’ the artwork, it showcases the ruffled edges of the watercolour paper and subtle wave of the paper to enhance the the fact that its an original artwork with delicious imperfections.

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‘Smarty’
Swift Parrot
2020

Ink and watercolour
Art size: 380mm x 570mm
by Shannon Dwyer

‘Smarty’ was created with watercolours and detailed with a traditional nib and ink on 425gsm 100% cotton watercolour paper. This original artwork is hand-embossed with the ‘Shannon Dwyer Original’ authenticity seal and hand-penned signature validating it as an original artwork of Shannon Dwyer.

The impact of humans on this earth has become so increasingly evident that Shannon’s passion for painting Australian wildlife is fast becoming more of a platform to highlight what phenomenal animals, like the beautiful and unique Swift Parrot, we have in our country and the need to rapidly change our behaviours to ensure a more balanced future for ALL!

$200 from the sale of this artwork will be donated to the Bob Brown Foundation to further assist their amazing conservation efforts in Tasmania.

The Swift Parrot is the world’s fastest parrot and is unusual in that it has some similar characteristics to both Lorikeets and Parrots. They use their specialised tongue to consume nectar and pollen but have also been recorded feeding on lerps and psillids (sap-sucking bugs). Endemic to South-Eastern Australia, they spend most of the year in Tasmania. They migrate to the Australian south-east mainland in winter to forage. While on the mainland, they are nomadic with time spent at each site determined by the supply of nectar. Following winter, they fly back to Tasmania, nesting in old trees with hollows and feeding in forests dominated by Tasmanian Blue Gum. Swift Parrots breed only in Tasmania with many pairs breeding close together. The most significant threat to this species is the loss of breeding habitat, primarily the harvesting of Tasmanian Blue Gum, with an estimated one third of the original forest remaining. Another major threat is predation by the introduced sugar glider (not native to Tasmania). Changes in spatial and temporal distribution of habitat due to climate change and Australia’s severe drought conditions have reduced food availability. Along with the poor/fragmented food resources, they have competition from introduced bees, aggressive honeyeaters and over abundant Noisy Miners – not to mention the ever-present predation by cats. The Swift Parrot’s Conservation status is Critically Endangered

 

*Artwork price includes postage, signed artwork and Certificate of Authenticity*

 

Framing tips and suggestions:
This piece is best ‘float-mounted’ and framed behind glass.
‘Float-mounting’ allows the paper to have a bit of ‘freedom’ which watercolour paper often needs as its rarely perfectly ‘flat’. By ‘mounting’ the artwork, it showcases the ruffled edges of the watercolour paper and subtle wave of the paper to enhance the the fact that its an original artwork with delicious imperfections.

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Dimensions70 × 6 × 52 cm

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